Sport Spain midfielder Juan Mata

Juan Mata follows in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona

Roots and branch: Tom Varndell (left) and Christian Wade are room-mates, dine at Nando’s and go on holiday together

Flying wingers give Wasps a lift

'Unique' combination of Varndell and Wade thrills crowds with fleet-footed frolics

England World Cup winner John Connelly dies

England World Cup-winner John Connelly has died at the age of 74.

Has Rooney lived up to all the early hype?

A decade ago today, striker burst on the scene with that great goal past Seaman – but are the years taking their toll, asks Simon Hart.

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1. In around 100 AD how did Juvenal characterise Roman politicians' inducements to voters?

Wiggins himself instantly joins the pantheon of British sporting immortals

James Lawton: Briton takes rightful place among greats

Because it is the obsession of the age, and also the scale of the historic achievement Bradley Wiggins yesterday carried down the Champs-Elysées, the question is maybe inevitable.

Bradley Wiggins (left) is congratulated by Sky team-mate Michael Rogers after crossing the finishing line in Paris

James Lawton: Bradley Wiggins takes rightful place with Tour de France greats as no more or less than a first among equals

Winning his prize would have been a fantasy in any other circumstances

A curator puts the final touches to a display at the new football museum in Manchester

The people's game exhibits its heart at the National Football Museum

Maradona, Cantona and Rivelino feature in new National Football Museum but the real stars are the fans. Ian Herbert pays a visit

Fans came in their drones to support football legend Bobby Charlton as he carried the Olympic flame through Manchester

'Magic' moment for Sir Bobby Charlton as he carries Olympic flame in Manchester

Hundreds of people got up early and braved the rain to watch a football legend carry the Olympic flame in Manchester.

Rory Best will start at hooker for Ireland against New Zealand today

Best refuses to expect the worst as callow Irish face world champions

The Ireland hooker, Rory Best, reached for the balm of understatement when he described his team's opponents today, the All Blacks, as "a quality unit". The team named by New Zealand's new head coach, Steve Hansen, to play at Eden Park in Auckland includes seven men who played in last year's World Cup final. It also includes three debutants and some bloke called Dan Carter at No 10. The world's best fly-half, lest it be forgotten, was absent injured when his team-mates won the world title.

Richard Wilson gives many of the best lines to Great-Uncle Hamish

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One foot in the real world – the other on my funny bone

George Best scores against Manchester City on 27 March 1968

Ferguson is right: this is the most important Manchester derby yet

George Best scored in '68 but United lost to City in that title duel. Denis Law back-heeled them down in '74. Ian Herbert savours the history

Despite his goals against Aston Villa, Wayne Rooney says he is still not happy with his form

Wayne Rooney seeks to improve form despite Manchester United scoring run

The Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted he is not happy with his form despite closing in on his best-ever scoring return.

Newcastle's Terry McDermott and Kevin Keegan feel the pain in throwing away a 12-point lead

Blowing the title... a brief history

This is the time of year when leads are lost, fans cry and dreams die. As Manchester City approach their moment of truth, we examine five sides who should have won the league but didn't. They were all flair teams who dominated home games but had little experience of winning titles. Sound like anyone?

Valiant Scotland narrowly miss out on win

Scotland 17 France 23

Stuart Hogg: 'My granny’s granny was the sister of George Best’s great-grandfather'

Hogg ready to do his very Best for Scotland

Flying full-back related to football legend can make France drown sorrows

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